Definition of cheder in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈKHedər/ Pronunciation: /ˈKHā-/
(also heder)

noun (plural chedarim /KHeˈdärim/, cheders)

A school for Jewish children in which Hebrew and religious knowledge are taught.
Example sentences
  • Religious education was once taught in a heder, an eastern European elementary school for boys.
  • Klausner was born near Vilna in 1874 and began his education in a traditional Jewish heder, or schoolhouse.
  • I remember this; when I was about nine or ten, and fervent into my Jewish education (I used to go to extra cheder (Hebrew school) on Tuesday, just because I wanted to), I took Yom Kippur very seriously.


Late 19th century: from Hebrew ḥeḏer 'room'.

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Syllabification: che·der

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